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Great Basin Violet
Viola beckwithii
About Great Basin Violet (Viola beckwithii) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Viola beckwithii, known commonly as the Great Basin violet, Beckwith's violet, and sagebrush pansy, is a species of violet native to the western United States. It is an early-flowering plant of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) habitats in the Great Basin region. This is a perennial herb with several decumbent or erect stems growing from a caudex. The stems are up to about 22 centimeters long, often with much of their length underground. The fleshy compound leaves have dissected leaflets of varying shape and size. Flowers arise from the leaf axils. The upper two petals are reddish violet, and the lower three are purplish to white with purple veining and yellow or orange bases.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

8.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Yellow, White, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Annual Precipitation: 12.3" - 69.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.80" - 2.47", Coldest Month: 25.3" - 38.8", Hottest Month: 56.5" - 68.8", Humidity: 0.37" - 22.21", Elevation: 1605" - 6722"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Beckwith's Violet

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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